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See who is Booked to play in 2013!
Arapahoe Street Skyline Park 1
- Austin Young Band
2:30 – 3:15
Austin Lee Young, a Colorado native, has been described by some as being a “phenom” guitar player. At 17 years old he exudes unbelievable passion and displays electrifying musicianship in his performances. His inspirations run the gauntlet of the Blues from historic giants such as Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters to contemporary masters like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Although you would expect a young artist to rely heavily on an array of music covers, Austin has self produced two albums to date and performs much of his original material at live shows. His repertoire of original material is varied but he always keeps the blues basics entrenched within every song. His stage presence and the relationship that he builds with audiences can only be described as “crowd pleasing”.
“Austin Young and No Difference” are local favorites and also spend time participating at statewide and national music events. Austin is dedicated to providing the listening audience with a modern high energy, high quality sound along with preserving the traditional roots of blues music. He is excited to be a part of “keeping the blues alive”!
- The Noms
3:35 – 4:20
The Noms, a five member acoustic-pop band from Albuquerque, N.M. But this is not your typical “pop” band following the trend of the moment. With exploding popularity, The Noms have performed throughout the Southwest. They rocked the famous Viper Room on The Sunset Strip, their music is featured on Albuquerque radio stations, and are always happy to entertain their loyal, enthusiastic fans at hometown venues. They were recently named Best Local Band by ABQ Magazine 2012. The band has opened for national touring acts such as; Diamond Rio, Ryan Cabrerra, Secondhand Serenade and Parachute. There is no separation, no wall perforating the connection between audience and performance. Friend, fan, mom, passerby, bartender – everyone is a part of the music. For The Noms, the exhilarating part about what they do is not just the harmony of the band, but the harmony of sharing happiness.
- Something Underground
4:40 – 5:25
The heart of Something Underground has its roots buried deep in family soil.The front men, Seth and Josh Larson, draw their thick-as-blood harmonies from rich family traditions of singing as a way of bringing people together. Their on-stage brotherly antics entertain and invite audiences to join in the family fun…
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- Larkin Poe
6:10 – 7:10
For nearly six years, soul-singing, songwriting sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell of Larkin Poe have been captivating audiences around the world with their insightful lyrics, magnetic presence, and dazzling instrumental virtuosity. NoDepression.com says: “Larkin Poe brings together emotional expressiveness, beautiful melodies, technical mastery, and tasteful restraint in a way that’s tremendously compelling.” From the stage of the Grand Ole Opry to the hippy-fest Bonnaroo, these chameleon performers continue to impress and mature, attracting attention from music lover and celebrity alike. In the words of Elvis Costello, they are “already gifted as instrumentalists and, having a head start on the rest of us with the unique power and beauty of sibling harmony in their vocal blend, their songwriting has leapt forward and now surprises and delights in equal measure.
- Lee Brice
8:00 – 9:30Lee Brice is a man whose time has come. On his stunning sophomore album, Hard 2 Love (Curb Records), the four-timeAcademy of Country Music nominee demonstrates a new maturity and patience, both in his songwriting and vocals.
“I made my first album, Love Like Crazy, over six years,” explains the South Carolina native, lifting his trademark turned-around ball cap and rubbing his forehead. “It didn’t feel like a cohesive record, but more like a lot of different songs. And six years later, I’ve grown as an artist and a writer.
“Everything on the new album is very pertinent to who I am right now and where I am in my life. I have some very personal stuff on there, and I had to be really honest with it. Hopefully, folks will see that.”
Arapahoe Street Skyline Park 2
- Take to the Oars
2:45 – 3:35
Take To The Oars is a 4-piece alt-rock act from the heart of Denver. Their sound is packed with soaring vocals, infectious hooks, and a catalog of instant rock anthems. The band has been seen sharing a stage with Lovedrug,Young The Giant, Eisley, Fuel, Sleeper/Agent, and appeared at festivals like South By Southwest, The Underground Music Showcase, and Westword Music Showcase.
- Desert Noises
3:55 – 4:45
Desert Noises is Kyle Henderson, Tyler Osmond, Patrick Boyer, and Brennan Allen, four adventurers from Utah Valley, UT. Ask about their recent musical influences, and you’ll extract a litany on the riches of Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, and Tame Impala. If it seems an unlikely trio of choices, it simply means that you haven’t yet become acquainted with their propulsive, jangle-rich breed of rock ‘n roll.
- Uncle Lucius
5:05 – 5:55
Austin-based indie rock band Uncle Lucius is set to release its new studio album, “And You Are Me,” on August 28, 2012. Recorded in Austin and Nashville, “And You Are Me” finds Uncle Lucius stretching their musicianship and reeling in eleven songs that punch with a fullness reminiscent of The Doors to early Black Crowes to the current new blues sound of The Black Keys. Uncle Lucius takes rock and roll from its deep roots, pushes it onward by putting their own honest interpretation of new rock sounds with elements of r&b and blues added. The band includes Kevin Galloway on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Hal Vorpahl on bass, Mike Carpenter on lead guitar and vocals, Josh Greco on drums and percussion and Jon Grossman on lead vocals, and keys. The first single and video for “Pocket Full of Misery” will be serviced to radio and video outlets shortly.
- Peter Cincotti
6:15 – 7:15
Peter Cincotti, singer-songwriter-pianist and native New Yorker, began playing piano at the age of three. While in high school, he regularly performed in clubs throughout Manhattan and by the age of 18 was being called “one of the most promising singer-pianists of the next generation” by the New York Times.
In 2003, Peter’s debut album, produced by the legendary Phil Ramone, reached #1 on the Billboard jazz charts, making Cincotti the youngest artist ever to do so. This led to acclaimed performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Olympia in Paris, The Montreux Festival (where he won an award in their renown piano competition), Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, and many other prestigious venues around the world.
- Vintage Trouble
8:00 – 9:30
Vintage Trouble formed in 2010 out of the ashes of a few other bands, and not by chance, Ty Taylor (vocal) and Nalle Colt (guitar) teamed up with drummer Richard Danielson and bassist Rick Barrio Dill. They entered The Bomb Shelter Studio, recorded an album’s worth of material in three days, which was intended to be demos and ended up being pressed into CDs. The Bomb Shelter Sessions became Vintage Trouble’s first album. Selling it at their gigs was easy and not surprisingly so were the calls to feature their music in several commercial media. With a unified decision to stay in Los Angeles to build their musical foundation as a band, weekly residences in the area lead to a large assembly of fans in a short amount of time. These fans became known as the “TroubleMakers.” It was that underground buzz that lead to legendary manager Doc McGhee taking notice and signing Vintage Trouble to his roster after hearing only a single chorus.
Curtis Street Stage
- Martin D'Arce
2:30 – 3:15
It’s been said that the backbone of a party is the DJ. If that statement rings true, then Dr. D’Arce is perhaps connected to every bone in the body of nightlife – not only through his deejaying, but through his alternate occupation as a chiropractor. For years, Dr. D’Arce has made it his mission to rock parties, corporate events, and neighborhood festivities. And he’s just getting warmed up…Born in the Bronx, but relocating to Long Island at five years old, Dr. D’Arce pursued his love affair with deejaying at a young age, working local parties and events through a DJ company as their dancer. His desire to become a part of deejaying was strong, and one fateful day, D’Arce came home to find a full DJ sound system as a gift from his parents. That initially sparked his future career and he hasn’t looked back since.
- Strange Americans
3:35 – 4:25
Strange Americans formed in 2010 and began writing music rooted in Americana, while remaining true to an innovative spirit. Classic guitars, an energetic rhythm section, three-part vocal harmony and tasteful folk colorings paint the soundscape of A Royal Battle, the full-length record released June 2012. The band was featured at Denver Day of Rock and the UMS in 2011 and 2012, joined The Knew for the annual Knew Year’s Eve 2011, and appeared at Facemans Waltz 2012 & 2013. Strange Americans has shared the stage with acts including Yukon Blonde, Trampled By Turtles, Cory Branan, The Fling, Air Dubai, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Gin Blossoms, and DeVotchKa. A Royal Battle was recorded with Grammy Award-winning engineer John Macy and the band is featured on Altitude TVs On Stage.
- What Made Milwaukee Famous
4:45 – 5:50
What Made Milwaukee Famous has been a stalwart of the Austin music scene since their inception in 2003. The three original members, Michael Kingcaid (vocals, guitar, keyboards), John Farmer (bass), and Jason Davis (guitars, vocals), each bring a diverse range of influences to the table, allowing them to seamlessly shift between genres at the drop of a hat.
8:00 – 9:30
Celebrating 25 groundbreaking years, FISHBONE has been trailblazing their way through the history of American Ska, Funk, Punk, Rock Fusion and (so-called) Black Rock since starting their professional career in Los Angeles’ burgeoning, Alternative Rock music scene of the mid-1980s. Their sound has often been imitated, but never duplicated. They have toured worldwide with such bands as the Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Roots, Les Claypool/Primus, Fela Kuti, George Clinton, The Dead Kennedys and many more.
- Wendy Woo Band
3:55 – 4:55
As Colorado’s music scene has exploded over the past few years, one of its mainstays has been Wendy Woo. Her energetic personality, musical skills, and spirited songwriting have made her a media and fan favorite and have taken her to venues across the country including the Fox Theater and Red Rocks in Colorado, the Bitter End and the Living Room in New York, the Hotel Cafe in Los Angles, the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Sweetwater in Mill Valley, and Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia. Anticipating the rise of the independent artist, Woo formed her own corporation, Woo Music. Through that she runs her own record label (eight albums), publishing company, booking agency, and management company.
Champa Street Stage
- Jessica Gabrielle and The J Walkers
2:30 – 3:15
Jessica Gabrielle, a local vocalist, joined “The J Walkers” in 2010 while finishing up her degree in music at CU Denver. Originally from France, her shows are an assortment of songs ranging from Jazz, Soul, Funk, Pop, and French songs. The band consists of Seth Goldstein (Bass), Kevin Brown (Guitar), Jay Rowe (Keys), and Kevin Jurin (Drums), The J Walkers bring a fun, original, and dynamic performance to the stage. Some favorites include Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse, and Stevie Wonder.
After teaching music in Kenya in 2012, she was immediately inspired and wrote and recorded her first demo/EP “Feed the Soul”. With it’s release, Jessica Gabrielle proved to please a wide crowd. “She was ridiculous, people. Powerful, moody, soulful, so good.”- Fan. As a top finalist in Denver’s next star and Colorado’s Got Talent, Jessica Gabrielle continues to climb up the ladder and hopes to tour in the near future.
- The Congress
3:35 – 4:35
Evoking emotions that you thought had long passed – the feeling of your first cigarette, or the way you feel listening to a worn vinyl as it warmly crackles against the sound of a summer night – The Congress is naturally compared to many names and styles of years gone by. But drawing such comparisons is, in many respects, a misguided endeavor. Misguided not because you’d be wrong, but because you’d be missing the beautiful point – The Congress are a natural evolution of more than 60 years of purely American music. With a spirit rooted just south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and now calling Denver – “The Queen City of the West” – their home, they’ve got enough soul, grit, and have spent enough time in the woodshed and on the road to call them pretty much whatever you want. But whatever words you think you need to describe their contribution to the American music tradition – save your breath. The Congress plays Rock & Roll.
- Mary Louise Lee Band
4:55 – 5:55
One of the few natives of Denver, Mary Louise Lee began performing at an early age. For close to 20 years, she has built an extraordinary professional performing career. Internationally, she has toured Korea, Japan, Johnston Island, Honduras, and Panama while singing for the troops of the United States Department of Defense.Mary Louise has performed at numerous high profile events throughout the country, including the The 2012 National Democratic Convention in Charlotte, NC.
- Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers
6:15 – 7:15
Within every genre of music there is a special artist who comes along but once in a Blue Moon to bring that genre into a new generation. It is quite possible that Dwayne Dopsie is this special artist. The youngest son of the late King of Zydeco, Rockin’ Dopsie, Dwayne has big shoes to fill and is doing it in grandiose fashion. Coming from such a serious musical heritage can often be intimidating, but with one foot firmly planted in his family tradition and the other in innovation, Dwayne has accepted the challenge and continues to be the innovator in a traditional music.
- Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band
8:00 – 9:30
Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band have been rockin’ the party scene worldwide with their style of “high energy, swamp funky zydeco” for the last twenty years. Chubby, being a third generation zydeco musician, formed his band in January 1989. Getting his inspiration from the musical greats, such as Clifton Chenier, BB King, Bobby Blue Bland, Ray Charles, and adding a good dose of 70′s funk, his music became a blend of what he now refers to as ” high energy, swamp funky zydeco”. Chubby has taken his style of music worldwide playing at venues such as The Chicago Blues…
Welton Street Stage
- My Body Sings Electric
2:50 – 3:35
My Body Sings Electric is a band that demands your attention. Whether through crystal clear album production or dynamic live shows, they make sure you understand when it comes to their music, they are all business.
The band was crowned winners of KTCL’s Hometown for the Holidays contest in 2012 (the third straight year they had placed in the top 3) – sweeping both the overall prize and the crowd favorite vote. The win pushed MBSE into the ranks of hugely successful previous winners like The Flobots, Churchill, Air Dubai and The Epilogues.
3:55 – 4:45
Recorded in Nashville and Produced by Joe Pisapia [K. D. Lang / Ben Folds 5], Denver based Oakhurst takes a noticeable turn from the bluegrass tendencies that characterized the quintet’s previous efforts to a more genre-bending Americana reverberation.
Released on the band’s own imprint Oak Horse, Barrel was a 2 year labor of love that endured key member changes and embraced an organic process that ultimately cultivated a more atmospheric and mature sound. Oakhurst co-founders Adam Hill and Johnny James Qualley credit the guitar work and collaborative songwriting of Producer Pisapia for the evolution. The resulting arrangements, performances and harmonies are seamless, polished and lush respectively, propelling Oakhurst towards a broader audience.
- Wheeler Brothers
5:15 – 6:15
“Long, Hard Road,” the first song on the Wheeler Brothers’ first album and a title that gives you a pretty good indication of where this Austin, Texas five-piece feels most comfortable. Indeed, although they’re five-time Austin Music Awards winners who’ve never played a hometown gig that hasn’t sold out, the Wheelers view the world as one big stage.
- Strange Americans
- Take to the Oars